Women's Health Center

Hospitalist Program


What is a Hospitalist?

A hospitalist is a physician, with a specialty in Internal Medicine who provides care to patients that require a hospital-stay. The members of the hospitalist team at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital are either board certified or board eligible. At least one of our eight full-time and two part-time hospitalists is always present in the hospital, 24-hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.

What role does a hospitalist play during my stay in the hospital?

The hospitalist fills a very significant role in the care of inpatients. He/she is on the premises at all times and ready to respond to questions and concerns of the patient and family. The hospitalist is in constant touch with your private physician to consult on day-to-day decisions about your care.

Will I see my own physician while I’m hospitalized?

A conversation between you and your physician will determine if the hospitalist or your doctor will care for you while you are in our hospital. Your doctor may choose to visit you regularly, or have the hospitalist take over for the duration of your stay.

Who decides if I will be admitted?

If your emergency room visit requires further care as an inpatient, the hospitalist will confer with your private physician. In addition, the hospitalist practice includes an in-house secretary to facilitate care and communication with your primary physician.

What Happens When I am Discharged?

Although your physician may choose to have our hospitalist care for you during your hospital stay, this in no way changes the relationship with you and your primary care physician. Because the hospitalist does not have an office-based practice, you will be returned to your primary care physician upon discharge. For those patients who do not have their own physician, you will be referred to a qualified physician who will take the case after discharge.

How does the hospitalist program benefit the patient?

There are many benefits to be realized with this program, for both the patient and the patient’s family: greater continuity of care, more in-person coordination of care; reduced length of stay. Patients who present to the emergency department and require admission are seen in a more timely manner, which expedites transfer out of the emergency department to the inpatient unit. Discharges should occur earlier in the day so you can start recovering sooner in the comfort of your own home.

What do our physicians say about the hospitalist program?

Dr. William Higgins:
“I am delighted to welcome the team of hospitalists to the hospital.  Continuity of care will be enhanced, and I can pick up the phone and talk to the hospitalist about my patient at any time during hospitalization,” states Dr. William Higgins. “And, when my patient comes home, I can continue the necessary medical attention.”

Dr. Valerie Zarcone:
“As president of the Medical Staff, I enthusiastically support the hospitalist program as an option for the physicians who choose to participate.”

How to reach the hospitalists of Hospital Medicine Associates:

The hospitalists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital are under the leadership of Richard Becker, M.D. Hospital Medicine Associates is a private practice, and that means easy access to a healthcare provider. To reach a hospitalist, please call 914-734-3600, any time day or night.

Please click here for more information about hospitalists and their role in caring for patients who are hospitalized.